Tony O’Malley

Beat Instrumental and International Recording Studio, November 1974

by Tony Jasper KOKOMO is a nine-piece group with about the funkiest sound I’ve heard for a long time which, if they can keep together, should make them one of the big groups of 1975. Brave words and even dangerous words, since they can be quoted back if Kokomo fail to become just that. Eight

Review in NME of 100 Club gig

nme-review-100-club-july-1974

Oh well… Not even Kokomo can please everyone all the time.

BBC John Peel Session, broadcast 22 August 1974

Tracklist I’m Sorry Babe Forever It Ain’t Cool To Be Cool Angel Line up Neil Hubbard (Guitar) Alan Spenner (Bass) Tony O’Malley (Keyboards, Vocals) Frank Collins (Vocals) Paddie Mchugh (Vocals) Dyan Birch (Vocals) Jim Mullen (Guitar) Jody Linscott (Conga) John Sussewell (Drums) – this is probably wrong as John didn’t get together with the band

Lonely Town, Lonely Street, recorded at Apple Studios 1974

This Kokomo version of the Bill Withers song is from a session at Apple Studios, recorded by Paul Phillips (AKA Driver67). Paul writes an insightful blog at driver67.com, where he shares his memories, thoughts and opinions on the music business.

This track is from a post called ‘Sweet Home, Kokomo: fear and loathing in the record industry‘ that tells a key part of the Kokomo story. Read down to the comments, and you’ll find contributions from Frank, Tony and Paddie.

 

Arrival – I Will Survive


I Will Survive reached number 16 in the UK charts in June 1970

Arrival – Friends


A number 8 hit in the UK, written by Frank.
Apologies for the appearance of Mr Saville at the start!